School ProgramsPlan Your Visit
Make the most of your trip! Here’s some important information, helpful tips, and steps to complete before you bring a school group to the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
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When booking your program please ensure you have the following information:
> School name and address (including street, town or city, province, and postal code)
> School phone and fax numbers
> Student information (grade(s), number of students, teachers, and chaperones attending)
EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS
There are a variety of paid programs and free activities for school groups. From hands-on education programs to self-guided gallery worksheets, all the information you need can be found here School Programs.
Search for programs and activities appropriate for your students’ grade level. Decide if you want to visit for the day, or stay overnight in the galleries as part of the two-day Edutour experience. Make sure to choose a few options, as some programs may not be available when you wish to visit. Our education programs book up fast, so reserve early!
BOOK YOUR VISIT
All school groups must register through the Bookings Office, whether you wish to do an educational program or a self-guided visit to the Museum.
We provide free admission to school groups, with proof of teacher certification upon arrival, and pre-registration.
A fee is charged for each student enrolled in a program. Minimum program fees will be charged if your group does not meet the specified minimum number of participants. Fees vary from $2.00 to $10.00 per student. Please see Museum Programs for individual pricing and minimum group size. Teachers/chaperones are not charged individual program fees unless otherwise stated.
All fees must be paid upon arrival by cash, VISA, MasterCard, or a school cheque made payable to the Government of Alberta (quoted fees include GST). Schools cannot be invoiced.
All prices are subject to change without notice.
Supervision is the responsibility of the teacher and chaperones. Supervisors are asked to stay with their groups at all times.
Register for Edutours, educator-led programs, and self-guided visits by completing the online bookings forms. Click here for the Edutour Booking form or School Booking Form.
To contact the Bookings Office directly, or to register your group, please call or email.
If you choose to register your group by email or phone, please have the following information ready.
• Teacher’s name and contact information
• School name and address
• School phone and fax numbers
• Date of visit and alternate date
• Arrival and departure times
• Number of students
• Number of teachers and chaperones
• Desired programs (if applicable)
A confirmation letter with complete details for all registered programs will be sent to you by email or fax.
Please review the confirmation letter and contact the Bookings Office during regular office hours (Monday-Friday, 8:15 am – 4:30 pm) if you have any concerns.
Cancellations for Educator-led programs must be received at least 48 hours before your scheduled program(s) or your school will be charged a $45.00 cancellation fee. Field trips cancelled with less than 48 hours notice due to inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, may reschedule without penalty.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
When finalizing your trip details, please keep the following in mind:
Arrival at the Museum
All school groups must be registered by the teacher at the Program Desk upon arrival. Students will then receive a Museum orientation.
Groups participating in programs or Edutours must arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of scheduled programs. Late arrival may result in alteration or cancellation of programs. There will be no refunds for programs cancelled due to late arrival.
When scheduling the departure time from your school, allow extra time for traffic, highway construction, detours, and include the amount of time needed to unload the students from the bus upon arrival.
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Departure from the Museum
If your are participating in educational programs, be sure to allow enough time to load the bus after your program finishes. Program times cannot be shortened or changed once your group has arrived.
Meeting time for Programs and Edutours
Plan to meet your Science Educator(s) at least five minutes before your program start time. Whenever possible, Educators will meet with teachers upon arrival to decide upon a meeting point. Make sure all chaperones and students know where, and when, they are required to meet the group and if they are allowed to visit the cafeteria, galleries, or gift shop before, or in between, educational programs. If students visit the cafeteria, any food purchased must be stored in their bags while they are in the classrooms, galleries, or on guided hikes.
Ensuring the safety of the students is of utmost importance. If inclement weather prompts the cancellation of the Seven Wonders of the Badlands – Guided Hike program, an alternate program will be offered, or fees will be refunded.
The Cafeteria is available for school groups to order their lunch, but it is very busy from April through June. Be sure to schedule enough time for your students to eat, especially in these peak periods (on busy days, over 45 minutes may be required).
For information about group rates for meals, or using the cafeteria for bag lunches, contact the Cafeteria Manager at 403-823-8223. Groups may also eat lunch on the cafeteria patio, in the outdoor amphitheatre, or at the picnic tables on the south side of the Museum.
There are limited storage facilities available for school groups participating in educational programs. These rooms are given in priority to overnight programs and younger grades. They are not always available for use, so students may be required to keep their belongings with them during their visit.
Things to Do
We offer gallery worksheets, Fun Books, activity boxes, and other experiences for students and teachers while visiting the Museum. Please see the Self-Guided section under Museum Programs for a listing and descriptions. For pre and post-visit activities, the Prehistoric Arts Contest, or other classroom ideas, check out Teacher Resources.
Midland Provincial Park
The Museum is located in Midland Provincial Park. When using the outdoor facilities and trails, students should treat the landscape with respect. Please stay on the trails, put litter in the garbage bins, and do not collect any fossils, rocks, or other objects from the Park.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum is an Alberta Government funded heritage facility with a mandated responsibility to deal exclusively with the science of palaeontology based on the fossil record. By honouring this mandate, the Museum is not obliged to exhibit or debate other concepts on the origin of life.
Enjoy hands-on learning and make your own fossil replica.
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Located 6 km from Drumheller, the Museum is nestled in the heart of the Canadian Badlands where fossil hunters have prospected for over a century.